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CD Review: Etereo by Lindsey Goodman

ETEREO NEW MUSIC FOR FLUTE by Lindsey Goodman with Chrysalis Duo & Leviathan Trio

Featuring works by Bruce Babcock, Steven Block, Peter Castine, Alla Elana Cohen, Mara Helmuth, Jennifer Jolley, Josh Oxford, Jason Taurins

Flutist Lindsey Goodman has just released her latest album, Etereo, New Music for Flute.  Goodman, a champion of New Music, dives into her 3rd album of new works.

The album begins with Bluez by Josh Oxford.  With it’s Blues-y feel, Goodman rocks the singing and playing bit, as well as showing great commend over the technical riffs.  The melancholic nature of Soliloquy by Bruce Babcock, showcases Goodman’s exquisite musicality and rich tone.  Marsyas by Jason Taurins is a change of pace track featuring Alto Flute, delivering a mournful, contemplative mood.  Goodman offers a deep, plush sound on her Alto Flute.  The work is haunting and ethereal.  Gadfly by Jason Taurins lets Goodman display wonderful extended techniques, all showcasing her riveting tone.  Sweet Soulless Solstice by Steven Block is desolate, and severe, expertly played by Goodman.  

Butterfly Within by Mara Helmuth offers an entirely different landscape.  Bone chilling and indelible, Goodman waves her magic wand and lights the path within the electronic soundscapes.

Watercolors of the Master Who Is Accustomed to Paint Oils, by Alla Elana Cohen, is a beautiful work for flute and piano.  Goodman masterfully explores new colors with her brilliant pianist.

3 Duos for Alto Flute & Cello by Peter Castine offers interesting landscapes for the otherwise unusual bedmates.  A toy piano is also heard in this piece, offering dolorous hints of hammered stabs.

Flight 710 to Cabo San Lucas for Flute, Cello and Piano by Jennifer Jolly makes for a blistering & captivating finale.

Throughout the album, Goodman’s crystal sound commands attention, and her technique is impeccable.  Her world class collaborators and composers make for an enthralling album of new works for flute.

-Viviana Guzman

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